Digital TV Migration Uganda: Here’s a complete list of Free-To-Air channels and decoder vendors

Digital-TV-Switchover

Uganda has an estimated 6-7 million TV sets. If we estimate each household owning a Television to have an estimate of 5 people living together, that’s about 30 million Television viewers.

Of the 6-7 million TV sets, only about 300,000 are hooked to Pay TV stations according to the latest Stats from Uganda Communication Commission(UCC). That’s a mere 5% Television sets currently able to receive digital TV services. That means the remaining 95% are watching TV with Free-to-air (FTA) channels as opposed to subscription-based Pay-per-view(PPV) channels.

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Free-to-air (FTA) channels

But what are Free-to-air (FTA) channels? These are TV (and radio) channels that are broadcasted in clear unencrypted format. In other words, you don’t need special equipment requiring subscription model in order to view or listen to the broadcasted content. Just your TV and an antennae for the case of analogue TV or a Free-to-air decoder for Digital TV.

Pay-per-view (PPV) channels

Pay-per-view (PPV) channels are entirely the opposite of FTA channels. PPV channels are encrypted by Pay TV providers who supply their customers with special decoding equipment or decoders that unscramble the encrypted TV signals. This usually requires subscribers to pay a monthly subscription fee to Pay TV provider before they can view the content.

Digital Pay TV Providers in Uganda

Currently there are 5 operational Digital Pay TV providers in Uganda and they include Multichoice’s satellite TV service DSTV Uganda and its Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) cousin GoTV Uganda. DSTV requires viewers to have a satellite Dish and a decoder while Go TV only expects users to have a decoder to watch TV. Startimes Uganda has a similar model. They have StarSat which is their satellite service and a Startimes DTT service which only needs a decoder. The other providers are Zuku and AzamTV Uganda which are both digital satellite TV providers. Lastly, Simba TV, a merger between Kampala Siti Cable Ltd (KSCL) and TVNXT, provides not just digital TV services but also Internet.

Pay TV providers in Uganda also offer Free-to-air channels. However, they are only active when your subscription hasn’t expired. Should your subscription expire, you won’t be able to watch them apart from UBC.

List of Free-to-air channels in Uganda

Free-to-air channels include UBC, WBS, NTV, NBS, Lighthouse TV, Record TV, Capital, Bukedde TV, BTN TV, Bunyoro TV, EATV, Family TV, Top TV, Kakira Sugar TV, Channel 44, Top TV, Urban TV, Northern TV, and TV WA. These channels will continue to be free even after the migration from analogue to digital broadcasting. But you’ll need a Free-to-air decoder to access them if you are not subscribed to any of the Pay TV providers.

List of Free-to-air decoder vendors in Uganda

UCC has licensed a number of companies to sell certified digital DVB-T2 decoders or Set-top-boxes to the public. They include Trans-African Container Transport, Syscorp International, Brivid, Icomsys Africa and World Technologies among others. See the table below for the entire list.

Company NameContactsBrand
SINKA DIGITAL LTDMaendeleo House
6th Floor Suite
P.O Box 15372-00100
Nairobi
0772331586
pmugabe1@gmail.com
FLAME-SAT
MA STORES
Ma Stores
Yamaha Centre
Plot 34, Luwuum Street,
Kampala, Uganda
0772440075
0772433682
mks@yahoo.com
TECHNOSAT
KONKA ELECTRONICS
Konka Electronics
Forest Mall
P.O Box 35696
Kampala, Uganda
0777649830
KONKA
GMAX ELECTRONICS LTD
GMAX Electronics Ltd
P.O. 73633, Kampala
Energy center Nakasero market street shop no. L2-22
Tel: +256772910843
mutumbahassan@yahoo.com
STARGOLD
GMAX ELECTRONICS LTD
GMAX Electronics Ltd
P.O. 73633, Kampala
Energy center Nakasero market street shop no. L2-22
Tel: +256772910843
mutumbahassan@yahoo.com
GOLDMAX
GMAX ELECTRONICS LTD
GMAX Electronics Ltd
P.O. 73633, Kampala
Energy center Nakasero market street shop no. L2-22
Tel: +256772910843
mutumbahassan@yahoo.com
GMAX
M.K. MUHUMBU IMPORTERSM.K. MUHUMBU IMPORTERS
Plot 39, Luwum Street
P.O. Box 8320, Kampala
+256 414 251066
+256 702 406518
ARKIE STAR
TROPICAL BUSINESS LINKS
Tropical Business Links
P.O BOX 3478 KAMPALA
0758001806
0723640723
SONAR
TROPICAL BUSINESS LINKS
Tropical Business Links
P.O BOX 3478 KAMPALA
0758001806
0723640723
NANO
ATTIC COMPANY LTD
ATTIC COMPANY LTD
Royal Plaza, shop 15 Luwum street, Kampala-Uganda
+256 772 404256
+256 759 498 765
NANO
URBAN TECHNOLOGIES (U) LIMITED
Urban Technologies Uganda Limited
P.o Box 324245 Kampala
+256704366265, 0774366265
123poka@gmail.com
URBAN TECH
VEGA HOLDINGS LIMITED.
Vega Holdings Limited
P.O. Box 118 Nateete, Kampala
Plot 960 Makamba Road
Tel: +256 702380098
vegahlng@gmail.com
LUCKY STAR
SSENTIKO ELECTRONIC SERVICES (U) LTD.
Nansana,
Kampala, Uganda
0779657301
0705451603
ssentikohenrytv@yahoo.com
M-TECH
SKY-WORTHS LTD.
P.O Box 163
Kampala, Uganda
0703664233
senopaul@sky-worths.com
SKYWORTHS
F.T AGENCIES
Plot 7 Nasser Road.
P.O Box 8162,
Kampala, Uganda
0787287292
sewaphphi@yahoo.com
NEXT
SIMBA TELECOM
Plot 15 Aki Bua Road,
P.O Box 9421
Kampala, Uganda.
0312351500
ORION
SATELLITE OPTIONS
Kampala, Uganda
0752611110
0794496199
0776240240
info@satelliteoptions.co.ug
CRYSTAL VIEW
CMJ HOLDINGS (U) LTD.
P.O Box 75020
Clock Tower
Kampala, Uganda
0788330314
cmuzawula@hotmail.com
HOTPOINT
WIDESTAR DIGITAL (U) LTD
2nd floor Madhvani Building, Plot 99/101, Buganda Rd, P.O Box 23725, Kampala
+256 750 80 2910,
+256 392 968 129
geoffreyk8@gmail.com
FENIX
WIDESTAR DIGITAL (U) LTD
2nd floor Madhvani Building, Plot 99/101, Buganda Rd, P.O Box 23725, Kampala
+256 750 80 2910,
+256 392 968 129
geoffreyk8@gmail.com
DIGITAL+
WIDESTAR DIGITAL (U) LTD
2nd floor Madhvani Building, Plot 99/101, Buganda Rd, P.O Box 23725, Kampala
+256 750 80 2910,
+256 392 968 129
geoffreyk8@gmail.com
WISDIGI
MAC VIVA GLOBAL HOLDINGS LTD
Seeta Plaza, Jinja Rd, Seeta trading Centre, Mukono Municipality, P.O Box 4023, Kampala, Uganda
+256 779 111 365
isaacmugerwa1@gmail.com
BEST-DIGITAL HD
BIT TECHNOLOGIES (U) LTD
Aggrey House Building, Plot 84 Kinawataka Road, Kireka,
P.O Box 74504, Kampala, Uganda
+256 706 600 218
+256 783 000 753
stmpagi@bituganda.com
HDMISAT
URI TRADING COMPANY
Plot 680, Kyaliwajjala
Kampala
Mr. Moses Mugulo
0783432330
Mr. Abraham
0782085381
ebrahone@gmail.com
Mugulom2000@yahoo.com
DIGITAL LIFE TV
GREEN POWER SOLUTIONS
Shop F1-8, Nalubwama Arcade
Plot 27, Ben Kiwanuka Street
0701 831 889
0781 702 221
Mr. Abdul Mbabazi
0701831889, 0781702221
sales@GreenPower.ug
0701 831 889
0781 702 221
GREEN POWER
SPACE DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY LTDP.O Box 70679,
KAMPALA, UGANDA
Mr. Talemwa Edwin
0752 522 424
0752 949 738
SPACE DIGITAL
ROISE DE CLASSE (U) LTD.
Bbunga Ggaba Rd,
Tel: 0782 511 033,
Tel: 0701 126 713
EUROSTAR
VISUAL CONSULTS (U) LTD
Yamaha Centre, shop no. LC50
+256 700 107 516
ohwayo@yahoo.co.uk
SMASH (T2 603)
VISUAL CONSULTS (U) LTD
Yamaha Centre, shop no. LC50
+256 700 107 516
ohwayo@yahoo.co.uk
SMASH (T2/S2)
ICOMSYS AFRICA LTD.
UMA Show Ground - Lugogo Opp. UMA Head Office
P.O.Box 4650
Kampala,Uganda
+256 784 445 063
icomsysafricaltd@gmail.com
GOSPELL (GTR-GN1346)
ICOMSYS AFRICA LTD.
UMA Show Ground - Lugogo Opp. UMA Head Office
P.O.Box 4650
Kampala,Uganda
+256 784 445 063
icomsysafricaltd@gmail.com
GOSPELL (GN1349A)
BRIVID UGANDA LTD.
Oasis Mall Basement, P.O Box 23101, Kampala
+256 758 882 211
brividkla@gmail.com
DIMILA
TRANS-AFRICAN CONTAINER TRANSPORT LTD
P.O. Box 40292, KAMPALA
T: +256-39-2966303
F: +250-503436
+256 702 510133
+250 788 301110
+250 788 352997
mubaraq.iga@gmail.com
TACT
EWORLD TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
Colline House – Opp Nic house.
Pilkington Road.
P.O Box 12031, KAMPALA
+254 20 2582964
+254 724 799755
john.kimondiu@eworldtech.co.ke
inet@eworldtech.co.ke
HBOX
KAGADI TECHNICAL SERVICES
P.O Box 5998, Kampala
+256 772 881715 ,
+256 779 032674,
+256 772 580055
krespokitugwanidde@yahoo.com
KADET
KAGADI TECHNICAL SERVICES
krespokitugwanidde@yahoo.com
TV-WALKER

Price of Free-to-air decoder in Uganda

Widestar Digital (U) Ltd, one of the approved vendors has Free-to-air decoders going for a price of UGX 165,000 and includes outdoor antenna. Brivid Uganda Ltd located at Oasis Mall Basement is selling their decoders at a slightly higher price of Ugx 180,000. Startimes Light decoder also gives you access to Free-to-air channels and goes for a price of only UGX 80,000. Those who get the Light decoder will have to pay an additional UGX 41,500 which entitles them to up to 7 months of digital TV on the Nova bouquet or package. However, should their subscription expire, they can still access Free-to-air channels.

  • djsamzo1

    is it easy for you to bring it at ma work place?

  • mutebi joseph

    if may free to air fails to catch up with some of the local channels what can i do?

  • philip

    Wen should we such decoders in mbale?Coz with multichoice are never clear on the pricing. Yes, is the I abandoned dstv with many channels , most of them with repeated programmes.ie wild Geo, Mtv base, Sony max, style network,(scrapped,) supersport select 1&2, ESPN classic etc

  • bj

    Bt why is it for me the free to air channels you have listed i only have ubc which only stays after my subscription is finished Benjamin@kinlayafrica.com

    • Kats Katsi

      The reason is that you might be using startimes decoder which is not an FTA box which means that whenever your subscription is over you remain with UBC only . but since i bought an FTA decoder I can get all the channels listed for free.

  • Frank Mugume

    Mugume Frank. Nakasongola I humbly request UCC to give us FTA service DSS KU Band not only DTT. Reason, because DTT service it helps peoples near Kampala and the towns where theirs Busters. But DSS KU Band will help all of us.